The Word e-News - Employee Newsletter
THE WEEK THAT WAS: November 30, 2012

Photo of the Week

LTW Cuellar
(Pictured L-R) Dya Campos, H-E-B director of public affairs, Dr. Louis Agnese, UIW president, Henry Cuellar, U.S. congressman (D-TX 28), and Christy Cuellar, UIW student and Congressman Cuellar’s daughter, flip the official switch to illuminate almost a million lights on campus at the finale of UIW’s 26th Annual Light the Way™ celebration, a Miracle on Broadway, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. KSAT Anchors Ursula Pari and Steve Spriester (pictured on stage) emceed the event. This was the largest Light the Way™ to-date with nearly 7500 guests attending the ceremony. The lights on campus will remain lit until January 6.   


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome.

  • Noon Mass, Monday – Thursday. Less than 30 minutes
  • Spanish Mass at noon on Fridays
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
  • Liturgy of the Hours evening prayer at 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation - 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment

Painting in Our Lady’s Chapel
Our Lady's Chapel is in the process of being painted but there will be no interruption of the Mass schedule.

Angel of Hope Vigil
Join University Mission & Ministry for the Angel of Hope Vigil at the 67th Angel of Hope Statue by the Grotto on Thursday, Dec. 6, 7-8 p.m. The ceremony will include special readings, music, candle lighting, and laying of flowers at the base of the statue. Each year the San Antonio Angel of Hope Foundation sponsors an agency that serves children. This year's agency is Respite Care of San Antonio. Visit our website for more information: For further details, contact Beth Villarrell at (210) 829-3128 or


Light the Way™ 2012 Event Photos

Patsy Ken
Headliners Tejano Superstar Patsy Torres and Jazz Crooner Ken Slavin perform a duet of popular Christmas songs during Light the Way™.

Fireworks LTW
This year’s Light the Way™ celebration included a surprise grand finale with a magnificent fireworks display. 

Santa LTW
Santa and Mrs. Claus, A.K.A. Professor of Music Debbie Bussineau-King, pose during the finale of Light the Way™. The famous couple made a grand entrance to the event by horse-drawn carriage with angels aboard. Santa and Mrs. Claus sang “Let it Snow” as they entered the stadium. 

UIW marching band
The UIW Cardinal Marching Band and Dance Team perform a Holiday Show during the ceremony. The event also featured musical entertainment from the UIW Cardinal Chorale; choirs from Incarnate Word High School, St. Anthony Catholic School and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Catholic School; and the St. Anthony Catholic High School Jazz Band. 

Mariachis LTW
Following the ceremony, candles were distributed to the audience and Mariachi Las Cornelas led a procession to Dubuis Lawn for a reception where guests enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies.

SNA LTW 2012
The UIW Student Nurses Association (SNA) provided first aid for this year’s Light the Way™.

Holiday River Parade Photos

Deans Float
(Pictured L-R) Dr. Annette E. Craven, professor and faculty senate president; Dr. John F. Healy, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Dr. Caroline Goulet, dean of the School of Physical Therapy; Dr. Carlos A. Garcia, dean of the School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering; Tracy E. Avery, president-elect of the alumni association; and Dr. Mary M. Hoke, dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing & Health Professions represented UIW on a float, Bud Light/Silver Eagle, donated to the university by Silver Eagle Distributors on Nov. 23 during this year’s Holiday River Parade at the San Antonio River Walk. 

Holiday River Parade Spirit Float
Ferd Vollmar, director of bands and professor of music education; members of the UIW Marching Band; Lorraine Ewers, Employee Campaign winner; a UIW Cheerleader; and Red were participants on the official UIW Spirit Float at the Holiday River Parade.  

“Insert Title Here”: Senior Capstone Exhibit
Senior Capstone Exhibit: “Insert Title Here,” works by Gabriela Gonzalez, Tiffany Marie Leavelle, Amie Lucio, Macy Magdalyn Perez, and Erik Romero will be on display now-Dec. 10 in Semmes Gallery. For more information, contact the UIW Art Department at (210) 829-3855 or

The Golden Age of Radio
The Extended Run Players, in cooperation with the Theatre Arts Department present The Golden Age of Radio. Join us as we tune in and enjoy the classic radio comedies and adventures of yesteryear on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. in Cheever Downstage II Theatre. Cost: $10 adults; $9 seniors; $8 students; $6/person for groups; UIW students, faculty and staff are free with ID. For more info, contact the Theatre Department at (210) 829-3800 or

UIW Economic Association hosts Showcase and Showcase After Party
The Economics Association will be hosting a Showcase on Friday, Nov. 30, 7-9 p.m., Marian Hall Ballroom, to raise money for the children at Haven for Hope. Anyone is invited to be a talent in the show or simply attend or donate. The Showcase is $3 to attend and the after party is $5. There is no cost to enter as a talent. There will be a $150 prize for the winner of the group category and also small cash prizes ($30 for first place and $20 for second) for the winners of the individual category. If you would like to be one of the talents or to donate, please contact or through Facebook: Economics Association at UIW.

UIW Athletics Toy Drive
UIW Athletics will be hosting a toy drive, partnered with UIW Dimensions of Wellness classes and SAPD, to help benefit the Blue Santa Toy Drive at the UIW Women's Basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. & Men's Basketball game at 4 p.m. in Alice P. McDermott Convocation Center. Adults: $5; Children 10 and under receive Free Admission.Attendees with the donation of a new toy at the door will receive Free Admission to the event(s). For more info, contact Kevin Lepore at (210) 283-6448 or

UIW presents A Night of Jazz on Broadway
Join the UIW Music Department and KRTU Radio for "A Night of Jazz on Broadway" featuring Jackie King, the UIW Jazz Ensemble, John Magaldi’s Prime Time Jazz Orchestra, Butch Miles, John Panzarella, and Jim Waller on Thursday, Dec. 6, 7-9 p.m. at UIW Fine Arts Auditorium. Visit for ticket information. Proceeds from this concert go to the UIW Fine Arts Campaign. General Admission is $20. For more information, contact Jim Waller at (210) 829-6066 or

Blue Santa Donation Booth
The UIW Lions Club will be taking donations of unused and unwrapped toys as well as monetary donations for families in need this holiday season in Marian Circle on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and Thursday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more info, contact Courtney White at (210) 843-3821 or

The President's Spaghetti Dinner! Volunteer Signup
Come & Help us:
•Serve students on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 4:30-7:30 the Sky Room and YOU eat for FREE!
•Donate dessert - LOTS of Desserts
•Clean up
Please submit the Participation Form and join us in the annual celebration. Thank you in advance for your time and support. This event helps make the Christmas Season a special time for our students and it would not be possible without the cooperation of the entire Incarnate Word community. Paste this link into your browser to complete the volunteer form. For more information, please contact the Campus Life Office at (210) 829-6034.

UIW Christmas Party Invitation
Dr. and Mrs. Louis J. Agnese, Jr. invite you to attend a Christmas party for full-time employees (UIW/IWHS/SACHS) and one adult guest (no children) on Sunday, Dec. 9, in the McCombs Center, Sandra and Stanley Rosenberg Sky Room. There will be a reception 6-6:45 p.m. and the seated dinner will begin promptly at 7 p.m. The dance will be from 8-10 p.m.Please reply by Tuesday, December 4, online at you respond, let us know if you have any special dietary restrictions. If you accept that you are coming and do not attend, please be aware that a fee of $35 per person will be assessed to cover the administrative costs. For more information, please contact Lorraine Ewers at

Department News

Dreeben School of Education’s Doctoral Program announces 200th graduate
The Dreeben School of Education is proud to announce Natasha Schmittou is the 200th graduate of the Ph.D. program. Visit the program’s Facebook at!/pages/Dreeben-School-of-Educations-Doctoral-Program/151939299169?fref=ts for more details.  

Social Media Sites/Update
The Office of Web Development is updating our social media directory for the university, comprising all official UIW Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other social media sites. The URL is: Does your department or program have a new Facebook page, or other social media site, not listed in the directory? Please use this form to tell us about it: Inclusion in the directory will help increase engagement by allowing more frequent cross-postings between sites, and also allow for better management of the university's social media efforts. For details, please contact Troy Knickerbocker at (210) 805-5818 or

Extended Academic Programs

EAP Gala
Extended Academic Programs was proud to be a Gold Sponsor for the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s (NSHMBA) 13th Annual Scholarship Gala at the Club at Sonterra. EAP administrators, staff and faculty attended the gala on Wednesday, Nov. 28. For information about NSHMBA, please visit

Community News

Agnese Pres
Dr. Louis Agnese, UIW president, speaks to the UIW community during his “Institutional Transformation: What are the components?” presentation in Marian Hall Ballroom on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Agnese discussed the university’s transformation from one of the smallest private colleges in Texas in the 1980s into an international center of learning that could become the third largest private university in the state next year.

The UIW Student Nurses Association (SNA) assisted Sigma Theta Tau in collecting green beans for the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. The organization collected 3856 lbs. of green beans exceeding their goal for this year. The canned food collection was picked up by the Jimenez family on Friday, Nov. 16.

IT Shoes
The Information Resources Division held its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday, Nov. 19, and collected more than $600 worth of shoes to benefit Shoes for Orphan Souls of Bunckner International. These shoes will go to a variety of children both nationally and internationally. More information on this organization can be found at:

CL garage sale
Diane Sanchez, director of residence life, and Paul Ayala, director of university events and student programs, share a photo at a garage sale hosted by Campus Life in Marian Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 27. All proceeds benefited the United Way.

Accepting Submissions for Quirk 2013
Quirk is the English Department's journal of literature and the arts at UIW. We are currently soliciting outstanding original creative work from UIW students, staff, and faculty for publication in Quirk 2013. For more information and submission details, visit Quirk online at or contact Dr. Tanja Stampfl at

Garden Workday
Here is an opportunity to help out in the UIW Community Garden by planting, pruning, harvesting, and other activities on Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-noon, UIW Community Garden (behind the Gorman Bldg.). Community service hours will be provided. For more info, please contact Stephen Lucke at (210) 478-7292 or

Critical Thinking and Analysis
This workshop, hosted by the Graduate Support Center and presented by Dr. Hector Perez on Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-noon in Mabee Library’s Special Collections Room, will engage participants in the concepts of reasoning, logic and critical thinking. Participants will develop and organize arguments in order to identify and develop critical thinking skill sets. For more info, contact Dr. David Ortiz at (210) 283-6454 or

Mabee Library & the Media Center: “Crunch Time” Hours
Mabee Library and Information Technology will extend regular service hours in the library and the media center, before and after, in order to provide additional study and research opportunities. The library will provide complimentary chocolate candy during this time. Complimentary cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will also be provided in the library foyer on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and in the Media Center on Monday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

Extended hours for the library will begin on Monday, Dec. 3 – Wednesday, Dec, 12 as follows: 
Monday, Dec. 3 - Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 a.m.-2 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 7, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-midnight
Monday, Dec.10-Wednesday, Dec.12, 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

Extended hours for the media center will begin on Monday, Dec. 3–Wednesday, Dec. 12 as follows:
Monday, Dec. 3 – Thursday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-12 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.                  
Sunday, Dec. 9, noon-midnight
Monday, Dec. 10 – Wednesday, Dec.12, 8-12 a.m.

For more info, contact Leticia Martinez at (210) 832-2119 or

Faculty Staff Appreciation
The UIW Bookstore is hosting an Annual Faculty Staff Appreciation event: On Dec. 6 and 7, receive 20% off regular priced clothing and novelty items. Discount does not apply to computer products, office supplies or textbooks. Does not apply to merchandise that has been previously reduced. For more information, contact Anne Richards at (210) 829-6056 or

RSVP for Sometime Singers-Players: Baccalaureate Mass and Christmas Eve Mass
Join UIW’s Sometime Singers & Players, a group made up of faculty, staff, administrators and students (vocalists and instrumentalists) who cannot participate in weekly rehearsals and services, but who serve when possible at liturgical prayer throughout the school year. Your commitment to participate at the event and at rehearsals is made only when you RSVP to an event invitation by the RSVP date. To RSVP for one of the events below, or to have your name placed on the SS/P e-mail list for future events, contact Lena Gokelman at mgokelma@uiwtx.eduor at Ext. 3207, or contact Dr. Glenn James at or Ext. 2717.

  • Fall BaccalaureateMass: Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Convocation Center (warm-up begins at 4:45 p.m.) Please attend two of the three rehearsals: Tuesday, Dec. 11 (vocalists), Wednesday, Dec. 12 (instrumentalists) and Thursday, Dec. 13 (vocalists and instrumentalists). All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel.RSVP by Friday, Dec. 7.For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact (210) 832-3207.
  • Christmas EveMass: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel/Admin. Bldg. (warm-up begins at 4:00 p.m.) Please plan to attend at leasttwoof the three rehearsals: Monday, Dec. 17, Tuesday, Dec. 18 or Thursday, Dec. 20 andthe final rehearsal on Sunday, Dec. 23. All rehearsals are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel.RSVP by Monday, Dec. 10.For questions about the rehearsal schedule, contact (210) 832-3207.

Faculty Focus

Blackboard Drop-In Sessions
The Center for Teaching and Learning and the UIW Department of Instructional Technology will present three opportunities for faculty to broaden their Blackboard skills. Drop in anytime between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Dec. 5, 6, and 7, AD212, for Christmas cookies and personal help with Blackboard issues that often arise at the end of the semester, particularly straightening out problems with the Grade Center, saving your Grade Center, and archiving or copying your course for the spring semester. There will also be an opportunity to view the enhancements to Blackboard that will be in use in the spring semester. For more information, contact Terry Peak at

High Schools

St. Anthony Jazz Band performs during this year’s Light the Way™.

IWHS Madrigals
IWHS Madrigals sing “Bidi Bidi Boom” during Light the Way™ 2012.

IWHS High School Placement Test
Incarnate Word High School is offering the High School Placement Test (HSPT) this coming Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-noon. Please arrive at 8:30 a.m. in the McGowan Gymnasium. Cost: $15. For more info, contact Annette Zahirniak at (210) 829-3123 or

St. Anthony High School Placement Test
St. Anthony Catholic High School will be administering the High School Placement Test (HSPT) on Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $15. For more information, please contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5698 or

Breakfast with Santa
The IWHS Alumnae association is hosting a Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. - noon, in the IWHS cafeteria loft. Children and families are invited to come in pajamas or favorite Christmas outfit, enjoy a pancake breakfast, make and take crafts, listen to Christmas stories and have a photo taken with Jolly Old St. Nick. RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 6 by calling or mailing a check to IWHS Breakfast w/ Santa, 727 E. Hildebrand San Antonio, Texas 78212. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $8 for children. For more information or to phone in your RSVP, call (210) 829-3103.

SACHS Christmas Eve Mass
SACHS - Alumni Association will have Christmas Eve Mass on Monday, Dec. 24 at SACHS Chapel, 10 p.m.-11 p.m. For more info, contact Alejandro Calderon at (210) 832-5632 or

Visit St. Anthony Catholic High School at

Visit Incarnate Word High School at

Visit the UIW Prep website at


2013 Book of Free
This year's book has over $2,000 worth of coupons for the San Antonio Area for only $50 and they do not expire until the end of 2013. They make a great Christmas present for loved ones who are always busy out and about in the area. For more details and to purchase this year’s book, please visit

Headwaters Volunteer Work Day
The Headwaters Coalition is hosting a Volunteer Work Day in the Headwaters Sanctuary on Sat., Dec. 8 and 15, 8-11 a.m. Come prepared to learn about the Sanctuary and for work in the woods: long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes. Headwaters volunteers are eligible for off campus community service hours. Plus, getting involved in the Headwaters project is a great way to expand your horizons and get to know more intimately this place we call “home” here at Incarnate Word.  We’ll meet at the main trailhead behind the baseball fields. For more information, contact Helen Ballew at (210) 825-2224 or

Our sympathy and prayers go to:

  • The family of Mary Ann Carpenter Childs (BSN ’51) on her recent death.
  • Edward Gildemeister & family on the recent loss of his wife, Stella Dunphy Gildemeister (IWHS ’61, BA ’64).
  • The family of Sr. Margaret McCormack, CCVI (BA ’68), the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, and the entire UIW community on her recent death.
  • Kathy & Dick (UIW Board of Trustees) Schlosberg on the recent loss of their son-in-law, Chip Rich.

The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for events listed in this newsletter, visit